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Words without Objects: Semantics, Ontology, and Logic for Non-Singularity

Henry Laycock

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2006
ISBN:
9780199281718
eISBN:
9780191603594
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199281718.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

The book seeks to resolve the so-called ‘problem of mass nouns’ — a problem which cannot be resolved on the basis of a conventional system of logic. It is not, for instance, possible to explicate ... More


Generic Plural and Mass Indefinites ∗

Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin

in Genericity

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199691807
eISBN:
9780191745775
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691807.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

The chapter builds on Dobrovie-Sorin and Mari’s (2007a,b) claim that the unacceptability of the generic readings of French plural indefinites headed by ... More


Countable and Uncountable Nouns

Steve Hart

in English Exposed: Common Mistakes Made by Chinese Speakers

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9789888390755
eISBN:
9789888390465
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888390755.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language

This chapter analyses the differences between countable and uncountable nouns and explains why some nouns can be both countable and uncountable. It also explores problematic plural noun endings along ... More


Infighting in the Hair Care Products Industry

Roger W. Shuy

in The Language of Defamation Cases

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195391329
eISBN:
9780199866274
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195391329.003.0011
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

This chapter deals with a videotaped speech given by the head of a large hair care products company. One person in the audience sued the speaker for defamatory statements he made in that speech and ... More


Extensions and Explanations

Kirk Ludwig

in From Individual to Plural Agency: Collective Action I

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2016
ISBN:
9780198755623
eISBN:
9780191816765
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198755623.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

The chapter extends the account of Chapter 9 to a variety of plural noun phrases not treated there. The purpose is not to provide an exhaustive survey of plural action constructions, but to ... More


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